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Random Memories of Germany-Part 5

28 Jun

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I mentioned recently that the pastor of our English-speaking Baptist Church in Heidelberg became our Karen’s future father-in-law. 

Heidelberg castle from the Korn Markt

The congregation of Grace Baptist Church called Greg to be our pastor in the Fall of 1981.  He and his family arrived just after Christmas that year.

The church we met in

As it happened, the church as a group had fixed up an apartment for Greg and his family, in a town just a short ways away from MTV, so when they arrived in town, they were taken straight to the apartment to settle in and rest. 

Some of the ladies of our church had worked a lot to make the apartment comfortable and livable for them.  They made curtains for the windows.  They made/purchased pillows for the sofa/couch.  Pots and pans were provided.  And I believe the kitchen was stocked right before they arrived.

This apartment was located about 10 kilometers from Heidelberg, and MTV.  That’s about six miles, American talk.  Not far, but far enough one needed to either drive there or ride the bus.  Or bicycle if so inclined.

This little town was called Emmertsgrund.  It is actually a suburb of Heidelberg.

Credit Google Search and heidelberg.de

This is similar to the apartment building where they lived

After Karen and Brian became an “item” they began studying together, going on dates, and talking on the phone a lot.  So what else is new with young teens attracted to each other, hm?  I believe their first date involved a bus ride from MTV to PHV (Patrick Henry Village – the other American housing area in Heidelberg), and a movie at the theater there.  

Once, while Karen and Brian were talking on the phone, Fred, in our apartment, sneezed.  Well, if you’ve ever heard Fred sneeze, you would know how loud it is!  After a moment, Karen turned away from the phone and said, “Dad, Brian said he heard you sneeze all the way to Emmertsgrund!”  That’s been a laughing joke in our family ever since!

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~~

Random Memories of Germany-Part 4

21 Jun

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I mentioned last time that the pastor of our English-speaking Baptist Church in Heidelberg became our Karen’s future father-in-law.  And this is how that came to be.

The congregation of Grace Baptist Church called Greg to be our pastor in the Fall of 1981.  He and his family arrived shortly after Christmas that year.  They spent Christmas with family in Florida before coming to Germany.

Greg and Carol – welcome reception – 1981

The church congregation had a tradition that was established before we arrived, in that as many as could go together, hired a bus and went to one of the American resort areas in Bavaria between Christmas and New Years.  We went with the group to Berchtesgaden for Christmas 1980.  During the year, our family had also visited Berchtesgaden, Garmisch and Chiemsee (which has a Ludwig castle modeled after Versailles in France).  Therefore, when the church group wanted to go to Chiemsee for Christmas 1981, we declined. Essentially the only thing to do around Chiemsee was to ski, and since we didn’t ski, we decided to stay in Heidelberg, so we could be in town  to meet our new pastor and his family.

Chiemsee – 1969

Chiemsee – Hall of Mirrors – 1969

As it happened, the church as a group had fixed up an apartment for Greg and his family, in a town just a short ways away from MTV, so when they arrived in town, they were taken straight to the apartment to settle in and rest.  We had invited them to come down the hill and have supper with us that evening, so Carol wouldn’t have to fix a meal right away.

As it turned out, two things prevented that event: 1) Greg had pulled a muscle in his back shortly before leaving Georgia and coming to Germany and had been in traction.  Also, the long flight from the U.S. to Germany aggravated his injury.  2) Heidelberg had received quite a few inches of snow, and Greg had helped a German push his car out of a snowbank and re-injured his back.

So even though they declined to come to our house, we decided we could take supper to them!  I had made a big pot of spaghetti sauce (with noodles, of course).  I had a salad made, and then I went to our local bakery for bread.  I really LOVED the German bakeries.  My favorite one was just around the corner from our building, and I had gotten to know the owner reasonably well.  She spoke a little English, and I spoke a little German, so we got along famously.

The symbol for a bakery in Germany – the pretzel – 1982

Well, I went to her store, and in my halting German said I needed just a small loaf of bread.  She was already getting ready to close for the night, but she pulled down a long loaf, cut it in half, wrapped my half, then wrapped up the other half and put it back on the shelf!  I was amazed!!  I don’t believe ANY bakery in the United States would do such a thing!!  WOW!

So we made our way up the hill and to their apartment.  Greg was laid out on the sofa and didn’t move until supper was on the table, when he came and sat with us.  Then back to the sofa.  After the meal, we told Karen and Brian (their son – Karen’s age) that they were to do the dishes.  No dishwasher there, either – hand washing and drying only.  Karen told me later that, as we walked in, Brian, after spying Karen, leaned over to his mom and said, “She’s tall.  I like her!”

And that was the beginning.

Brian and Karen – 1985

Greg’s family stayed a total of five years, and we rotated back to the States after our three-year tour ended in 1983.  Brian came to Virginia the following Christmas to spend it with us.  They married December 30, 1986.  We always said Brian took advantage of the tax credit that year – at the last minute!  But they are still together, after all those years, and we love them and their family.  God is good

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Part 3

14 Jun

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

We arrived in Heidelberg near the end of June, 1980.

It had been a wet month for Germany, and by the time the rain ended, it had rained 38 straight days!  And it was COLD!!  And when our hold-baggage arrived, I realized that I had not packed any sweaters for us, nor did I have any closed-toes shoes – except my bright turquoise running shoes!  So first trip was to the Exchange to purchase some of those things.  When our household goods would arrive, we would have all those things on hand, but we needed them NOW!

As I mentioned last time, we found the church we wanted to be members of shortly after getting into town.

Grace Baptist Church – meeting in a building owned by a German congregation

The pastor had been there at least three years and left within a month of our joining.  Neither Fred nor I can remember whether or not we had an “interim” pastor, or if some of the men of the church did the preaching.  

A pastor-search committee was formed, and both Fred and I were on it.  Since we were so far away from the States, all “interviews” and sermons by pastoral candidates were done either via video or tape.  Not the best, but the only way we could do it.  We couldn’t afford to buy a plane ticket for each person we interviewed.

One candidate comes to mind, and I’ve never forgotten it.  He was from California, and wanted to come interview in person.

Credit Google Search and map-with-no-cal-420-Occasio Winery

We had heard a sermon from him via tape, and were interested in him.  As I recall, he had distant relatives in Europe, and since he wanted to visit them while in Europe, he paid his own way over and back.

He arrived on a Friday and the entire committee – with spouses – took him to our favorite restaurant for supper, Grimingers.  Oh my did they have good food!!  We ate and talked some, but didn’t really get down to the nuts-and-bolts of his coming to Germany for three years.  And so, I offered to have the committee (without spouses!) come to our house after Sunday’s service for lunch and we could talk about the nitty-gritty stuff, i.e. salary, etc.  And I would serve my world-famous French Onion Soup!  (Karen always told me that I bragged about it too much!  But hey, if you’re good, you’re good, right?!)

And so it happened.  However, when he asked us how we would get his entire household goods over there (at least three bedrooms, two baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room – all full of furniture), and his two cars, we were taken aback a bit.  We told him we would pay for 2,000 pounds of furnishings – same as the military allowed – and one car.  Then HE was taken aback.  He kind of stumbled over his next words, and essentially turned us down. 

So that was that – back to square one.  We “interviewed” several other men over the next few months, and finally settled on a man from Georgia.

Credit Google Search and Studio 21 Chase Harrington

The committee was in complete agreement on him, and the congregation was to vote to call him the next Sunday.  The Saturday before the vote, Fred received a phone call – from the gentleman from California.  He asked that we reconsider him for the pastorate.  He said that he felt God was trying to get his attention – you see, there had been a house fire, and most of his belongings were destroyed.  Both of his cars had been wrecked.

Yeah, I would say God was trying to get his attention, wouldn’t you?  Fred informed him that the next day was to be the vote on another candidate (the man from Georgia), and Fred would let him know the results.

Amazing, isn’t it?  We think we are trying to do God’s will, but the world just keeps creeping into our lives.

Well, we called the man from Georgia, and he did become our pastor, and he did become Karen’s father-in-law in later years.  But…that’s another story.  Perhaps next week, hm?

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany-Part 2

7 Jun

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Last time, I wrote about the pathway between our housing area (Mark Twain Village or MTV) and Patton Barracks in Heidelberg. 

It was a shortcut between the facilities, and one we could walk easily.  We were able to experience a lot of God’s good earth along that pathway.  We saw the garden platz that the Germans used to grow their own vegetables.  But the blackberry bushes were our favorites.  And the berries were free to any and all who would or could pick the berries.  Yummmm!

Credit Google Search and Pixabay

We also enjoyed the pizza that was made at the pizza parlor on Patton Barracks.  And it was a favorite of most of the military there – of any and all ranks!

But I have another memory of that pathway.  It started with us arriving in Germany and getting into temporary housing.  We were there several weeks in that glorified hotel room, and had to eat either in the restaurant downstairs, or on the economy (military speak for the civilian population).

One of the first things we did was to locate a church for us to attend.  Of course there was the base Chapel, but that really didn’t suit us, even though Fred’s father had been a Chaplain in the Air Force most of his career.  (I say most, because he was a Chaplain in the Army during World War 2, before the Air Force became the Air Force)

In finding the church, we found it was meeting in the church building that was owned by a German Baptist congregation. 

The church we met in

 It was within walking distance of MTV, and so when we moved in there, we walked most Sundays to the church.  However, the German congregation met during what we considered our Sunday School time, so our Sunday School met in an English Institute which was a school that taught English as a second language to Germans. It was not far from the church facility.  And then, following Sunday School time, we would all go over the few blocks to the German church building and have our worship service.

All that to say that we found the pastor of that church had been there for his three year term, and had already resigned and was ready to head back stateside.  In the few weeks we were in the church, I got to know the pastor’s wife fairly well.  She was telling me that one time she was doing her jogging along the pathway between MTV and Patton Barracks when a German teenager came upon her with his bicycle.  He began to ride behind her, as if chasing her.  She said she finally turned around to him and said “geh weg!! (go away!)”  At that point, he stopped chasing her.

Well, I thought it was funny.  I told it to Fred, and we devised a skit to retell the story during a “roast” the church had for the pastor and his family before they left Germany.  I had on a pair of shorts under my skirt, and we fashioned a set of “handlebars” for Fred, complete with a sign saying “bicycle,” and when the time came for our skit, I took off my skirt, jumped up, Fred took up his handlebars and began chasing me around the room.  We went on for a few minutes, and then I told him to go away!  

Looking back – it was a fun memory.  We haven’t kept up with that pastor and his wife.  However, the pastor that followed became our oldest daughter’s father-in-law, so we have kept up with them.  But that’s for another story.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Random Memories of Germany

31 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

I have already written several posts about our time in Germany.  But recently my husband, Fred, and I have mentioned to each other some events or incidents that happened while we were there.  They were fun memories, and I would like to pass them along to you.  Perhaps you have experienced something similar in your lifetime.

As we were eating our strawberry/blueberry combination one morning, Fred mentioned he had seen a strawberry/blackberry combination.  Telling him that it sounded good, but I really dislike the blackberry seeds in my teeth, he asked if it was blackberry bushes we saw walking along a path from our housing area to another while in Heidelberg.

Heidelberg castle from the Korn Markt

You see, there was a “short cut” from our area (Mark Twain Village)

Part of Mark Twain Village – across the courtyard from our building to Patton Barracks, and it wove through an area of garden platz.  While most of the gardens within the platz were fenced in, the pathway itself was not.  And those blackberry bushes were there for anyone to enjoy.  

And we did enjoy them.  We would pick some of the berries and bring them home.  I remember making jam out of them, but the seeds just made it uncomfortable to eat – at least for me.  I think I even made a pie from them, but the same situation.  We have found some jelly made here in the States that is blackberry, but the seeds have been strained out.  Much better!!

Blackberry, Berries, Fruit, Bush

Credit Google Search and Pixabay

I remember once, when our girls and I were walking along that path, and Janet was trying to reach some of the berries that were back (obviously someone had picked the ones up close to the path), and while trying to help her reach those distant berries, I accidentally pushed her into the bushes!  And, unfortunately, she came home with a few scratches from that!  Not a good move on Mom’s part!

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One of the reasons we liked to walk the path to Patton Barracks was that one of the eateries on Patton Barracks was a pizza parlor.  And they made the BEST pizza!  We would frequently call ahead, so that our pizza would be ready for us when we arrived.  So we could just sit down and eat it.

Pizza, Food, Takeout, Box, Pepperoni

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Do you remember the TV series “Dallas?”

DallasLogo.jpg

Credit Google Search and Wikipedia

 We didn’t watch it, by the way.  However, one season-ending cliff-hanger was with J. R. Ewing getting shot.

Larry Hagman as JR.jpg

J. R. Ewing, portayed by Larry Hagman – Credit Google Search and Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia, that wasn’t resolved until the fourth episode in the next season, November 21, 1980.  There was a lot of hype about it, even with the catch-phrase “who shot J. R.” and it seemed like the entire world was eager to see who did it.  As it turned out, that particular night, the pizza parlor was having a special – come order a pizza and watch that episode.  Well, since we weren’t big fans of “Dallas” we didn’t realize all that was going on, and we ordered a pizza!  After walking along the garden platz path, and arriving at Patton Barracks, we discovered the place was packed with people!  When I went up to the counter to get our pizza, they told me I would have to wait in line – and it was a LONG line!  And then, when we finally made our way to the counter through the line, they then told me we should have come up to get the pizza, as it was ready!  Talk about being frustrated!  I think we even just took the pizza home – it was too crowded to eat there.

Looking back – it was a fun and funny memory.

More on the path from Mark Twain Village to Patton Barracks next time.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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Quarantine Time-Take 3

24 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

QUARANTINE TIME – TAKE 3

I’m sincerely hoping that this will be the final “Quarantine Time” post I will make.  I hope that for the most part, it will be over by next week, and the country will be up and running as it should be.

However, along that line, there was something on facebook recently that really caught my eye.  I would like to present it to you here:

Each one of these has predicted the same thing – we’re ALL going to die!  Well, yes, we are – eventually.  As my beloved father-in-law said, “100% of us die.”  But we do NOT have to live in fear.

And that brings me to something else I saw on facebook:   

Fear does not stop death.  It stops life.  And worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles.  It takes away today’s peace.

And yet again:  

 I never thought I would see a time that so many people were so afraid of dying that they were willing to stop living.

I mentioned to someone recently that my step-father was the stereotypical pessimist.  For instance, as we were about to go to Germany in 1980 for our three year tour in Heidelberg, my step-father said to me, “well, I hope to see you again!”

Almost in a fury, I turned to him and said: “Sid, if the balloon goes up (world war 3) while we are overseas, one of two things will happen – I’ll either live or I’ll die.  If it is God’s timing for me to die, then NOTHING in this world can keep me here.  If I am to live, then NOTHING in this world can take me out.  I REFUSE TO LIVE IN FEAR!”

And that has pretty much been my mantra ever since.  My life is in God’s hands, and I trust Him completely.  And if it is, indeed, time for me to die, then I know I will be instantly in the presence of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!  Nothing is better than that.  

The peace of mind that brings to me is far beyond anything I could imagine.  And as I said before,

 I REFUSE TO LIVE IN FEAR!

Jesus promised:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.

I do not give to you as the world gives. 

Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Do not live in fear!  God has your back!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Quarantine Time: Take 2

17 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

As I mentioned last time, we are still in “lockdown” or quarantine over this COVID-19 or coronavirus.  Fred and I are doing pretty well, all things considered.  Here in Florida, things are beginning to open up again, and for that, we are thankful.  The only way to get this economy back on track – is to get PEOPLE back to work!

One of the things we’ve missed the most is not being able to go to our house of worship and fellowship with our fellow believers.  I think a lot of people are having the same issues.

And that brings me to what I want to mention today.  Our church has done everything in their power to bring God’s word to us.

As soon as the quarantine was ordered, we stopped meeting in the building – and the Senior Pastor had us do a “drive in” church.

Credit Google search and South Orlando Baptist Church website

We all parked on the grass in front of the building, sat in our cars, tuned in on our radios to the special fm frequency they had acquired, and listened to our pastor preach.

Credit Deborah Selfridge

Our church school has a bus that they parked near the main street, and someone lent us a scaffolding, set in front of the bus, that the pastor stands on to preach.  (Incidentally, we are back to having the drive-in church, now that some of the restrictions have lifted)  

Some church members were unable to drive to the church – or were afraid to do so – and so the pastor preaches the same sermon an hour later live stream over YouTube channel.  Our Minister of Music and the music team (piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, flute) have put together the music portion of the regular service, and it’s on YouTube along with the sermon.

Okay, that works.  Then “they” said we couldn’t do the drive-in church.  So it was just the YouTube version for us all.  At that time, our Sunday School teacher set up video conferencing with a Zoom meeting, and we began having our Sunday School time before the worship service.

The Deacons began having their monthly meeting via Zoom.

Any other committee meetings that needed to meet are being held via Zoom.

The Wednesday evening service began having time on Zoom for any members who care to tune in.

The Legends (our senior adult group) have a call-in conference call Bible Study every Tuesday morning with the pastor, for an hour.

The Sanctuary Choir began having meetings with our Minister of Music via Zoom on Thursday evenings.

In other words, our church has NOT stopped meeting!  Something that a lot of people don’t realize – or understand – is that the church is NOT the building!  The church is the PEOPLE.  We have God living in us – each and every one of us that are believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.  WE ARE THE CHURCH – and we will not allow any government or plague or virus or anything else stop us from worshiping our God.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!   PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

MEMORIES

QUARANTINE TIME – TAKE 2

As I mentioned last time, we are still in “lockdown” or quarantine over this COVID-19 or coronavirus. Fred and I are doing pretty well, all things considered. Here in Florida, things are beginning to open up again, and for that, we are thankful. The only way to get this economy back on track – is to get PEOPLE back to work!

One of the things we’ve missed the most is not being able to go to our house of worship and fellowship with our fellow believers. I think a lot of people are having the same issues.

And that brings me to what I want to mention today. Our church has done everything in their power to bring God’s word to us.

As soon as the quarantine was ordered, we stopped meeting in the building – and the Senior Pastor had us do a “drive in” church.

Credit Google search and South Orlando Baptist Church website

We all parked on the grass in front of the building, sat in our cars, tuned in on our radios to the special fm frequency they had acquired, and listened to our pastor preach.

Credit Deborah Selfridge

Our church school has a bus that they parked near the main street, and someone lent us a scaffolding, set in front of the bus, that the pastor stands on to preach. (Incidentally, we are back to having the drive-in church, now that some of the restrictions have lifted)

Some church members were unable to drive to the church – or were afraid to do so – and so the pastor preaches the same sermon an hour later live stream over YouTube channel. Our Minister of Music and the music team (piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, flute) have put together the music portion of the regular service, and it’s on the YouTube along with the sermon.

Okay, that works. Then “they” said we couldn’t do the drive-in church. So it was just the YouTube version for us all. At that time, our Sunday School teacher set up video conferencing with a Zoom meeting, and we began having our Sunday School time before the worship service.

The Deacons began having their monthly meeting via Zoom.

Any other committee meetings that needed to meet are being held via Zoom.

The Wednesday evening service began having time on Zoom for any members who care to tune in.

The Legends (our senior adult group) have a call-in conference call Bible Study every Tuesday morning with the pastor, for an hour.

The Sanctuary Choir began having meetings with our Minister of Music via Zoom on Thursday evenings.
In other words, our church has NOT stopped meeting! Something that a lot of people don’t realize – or understand – is that the church is NOT the building! The church is the PEOPLE. We have God living in us – each and every one of us that are believers in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. WE ARE THE CHURCH – and we will not allow any government or plague or virus or anything else stop us from worshiping our God.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

Quarantine Time

9 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Well, we are still in “lockdown” or quarantine over this COVID-19 or coronavirus.  At this point in time, we are finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and states are beginning to open up things.  Thank goodness!

We’ve had people ask us how we are coping with being in the house all day every day.  I assume that for some people, it is a true hardship.  We understand the there has also been a dramatic uptick in domestic violence and child abuse during this time.  That is horrible, and we pray for those families.

As for the two of us, we’ve told people that actually, since we are both retired, the days aren’t so very different than they have been.  We still come and go as we please, it’s just different.  For instance, we still go “out” for lunch – it’s just that it is “take out” now, and we bring it home to consume.  We usually stay home for supper.  But some days the weather has been nice enough that we are able to open up the house – the windows are open, and the patio door stands open and lets that wonderful Spring air breeze through the house!  That gives the feeling of being outside and openness.

But one thing we have done that we don’t usually, is watch movies.  We have quite an extensive DVD collection, and some of them we haven’t watched in quite a long time.  So Fred began rummaging around through them recently, and came up with a couple that we wanted to watch. 

The first one he pulled out was “Around the World in 80 Days” – the original one, with David Niven.  It’s a classic!!  It has been a favorite of ours for a long time.  And actually, there is a history of that movie for Fred.

When he was living in Japan in 1955-1957  in a suburb of Tokyo, when August 1957 , arrived,  it was time for him to leave his family and fly back to the USA to attend college.  One of his high school class mates was scheduled on the same early morning flight from Tokyo’s large international airport.  The day before their departure, the boy’s parents put them in a large US government run hotel in downtown Tokyo.   While exploring the area, they learned that the movie, “Around the World in 80 Days” was playing in a nearby theater. They managed to purchase tickets to see that very movie.  He still has the ticket, and here it is!

It’s a bit worse for the wear, but you can make it out.  He said the theater was built specifically for that movie, and was one of the first large-screen, cinemascope, surround-sound theaters in the world.  He said there must have been about 100 speakers completely around the theater.  If anyone reading this has seen that movie, then you remember the magnificent music from that movie.  In surround-sound it would have been fantastic!

Fred said that it was a 6:30 p.m. showing.  He also said that the ticket cost 500 yen, which at that time was equivalent to about $1.40.  Pretty inexpensive for that major production!  It was an adventure he has never forgotten.

So that was one of our day’s adventures during this quarantine time.  We’ve actually enjoyed our time together.  

How about you?

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

More Disney

3 May

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Back in August of 2016, I started a mini-series of blogs, about “My Love Affair with Disney.”  I wrote several “episodes” in that series that told about how Fred and I enjoy Disney World so much, and what of Disney stuff we have around the house.

One thing I mentioned and described I would like to rephrase here:

Our youngest daughter, Janet, worked at a Disney Store once upon a time, and she supplied us with quite a bit of Disney stuff.  One of my favorite things she gave us, were figurines of some of the characters from Disney’s 1939 original Fantasia.  I enjoyed them so much, that I had a friend (who is a wood worker by trade), fashion a shadow box for them.  That box and those figurines now grace a wall in our house.  I think they are adorable!  Unfortunately, I have broken one of the pieces, but have substituted another Mickey in its place.  And another friend who worked for Disney, presented us with “Mickey’s House” snowglobe that rests upon the top of the shadow box.  

What I did NOT do with that is take a picture of the shadow box, so my readers could see what I have, so here it is:

On another Disney note, our oldest daughter, Karen and her husband, Brian, gave us a BIG book for Christmas titled One Day at Disney – Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe.  It’s a beautiful book, and with pictures of some of the people who work the Disney magic at all the Disney facilities around the world.  And that includes ABC, that Disney owns.  Fascinating book!  

But one entry in the book had me laughing out loud, and I would like to share it with you, now.  It is the story of Joseph Hernandez, who is a captain of the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland in California.  He tells the story…well, let me quote the story:

“The actual maiden voyage for the Mark Twain was a couple days prior to the park’s opening, for Walt and Lillian Disney’s anniversary that year…..Envisioned by Walt himself, the Mark Twain was an opening-day attraction, one of many park features overseen during construction by retired Admiral Joe Fowler.

“Admiral Joe Fowler had come down to do an inspection of the Mark Twain prior to departure, and he found Lillian Disney on the main deck, making sure everything was neat and tidy….As soon as he stepped foot on the boat, she handed him a broom.”

Now the part that had me laughing out loud was that last part!  I suspect that Admiral Fowler hadn’t swabbed a deck since he was a mid-shipman!  And Lillian Disney handed him a BROOM? That’s hilarious!!  Well, it’s hilarious to me, anyway.

Mark Twain Riverboat - Tokyo Disneyland
Credit Google Search and Disney.com

Just thought I would pass along those little tidbits of Disneyana.  Hope you enjoyed them both!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Divine Humor-Part 2

26 Apr

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Credit Clipart Library

As I mentioned recently, I frequently have to go through the stuff on my computer, just to weed out stuff I don’t need any more.

In doing so, I often come across something that tickles my funny bone.  Below is part two of something I found.  Enjoy!

A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend.  The attendant worked quickly but there were many cars ahead of him in front of the service station.  Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. “Reverend,” said the young man, “sorry about the delay.  It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.”

The minister chuckled, “I know what you mean.  It’s the same in my business. “

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A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!” 

His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?”

The son replied, “I do know!”

“Okay,” said his father.  “So, son, what does the Bible mean?”

“That’s easy, Daddy.  It stands for ‘Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.'”

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The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.  Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute.  The substitute wanted to know what to play.

“Here’s a copy of the service,” he said impatiently.  “But you’ll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.”

During the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more.  Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.” 

At that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star Spangled Banner.”

And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

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